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Actress Anne Heche is in stable condition after a car she was driving crashed into a Los Angeles home late Friday morning and became engulfed in flames.
“Anne is currently in stable condition. Her family and friends ask for her thoughts and prayers and to respect her privacy during this difficult time,” her podcast partner and friend Heather Duffy Boylston said in a statement to the Associated Press.
The crash occurred around 10:55 a.m. Friday morning in the 1700 block of Walgrove Ave. in the Mar Vista neighborhood.
“The vehicle was driving at a high rate of speed, entered an intersection and ran off the road and collided with the residence,” Los Angeles Police Office Annie Hernandez told Oxygen.com.
The car—which came to rest inside a two-story home—became “engulfed in flames” causing the driver to be “severely burned,” Hernandez said. There were no other injuries.
It took 59 firefighters 65 minutes to access the “heavily damaged structure” and battle the “heavy fire” to rescue the adult female driver, identified by multiple media outlets as Heche, from the vehicle, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Fire Department.
“She’s lucky to be alive,” a source told CNN. “She has severe burns and has a long recovery ahead. Her team and her family are still trying to process what led up to the crash.”
Just hours before the crash, a new episode of Heche’s podcast “Better Together” was released, where a seemingly inebriated Heche said she had been drinking wine and vodka, TMZ reported shortly after the crash. However, Heche’s representative told the news outlet the podcast was actually recorded August 1, days before the vehicle crashed into the two-story home.
In the podcast episode, which has since been removed from Apple Podcast, Heche said that she had been having a “bad day.”
"Today's been a very unique day," she said, according to CNN. "I don't know what happened, sometimes days just suck and I don't know if you ever have them, but some days Mama says are ... some days are those no good very bad days. And I don't know why some days just end up like this, and things don't really rock me like that."
The Los Angeles Police Department is still investigating the incident along with a “misdemeanor hit and run” that occurred before the crash, police told CNN.
Authorities are still trying to determine whether alcohol or drugs had been a factor in the crash, The New York Post reports.
In the days after the crash, actor Alec Baldwin has been criticized for a social media post where he praised Heche as a “brave” actress.
“I love you Anne—I love you. And I think you’re such a talented person and I hope everything is OK,” Baldwin said the video according to The Post. “I’m sorry that you had this tragic thing happen to you and I’m sending you all my love, OK?”
The pair had once starred together in the 1996 movie “The Juror.”
It didn’t take long before commenters criticized Baldwin for his comments.
“She put lives in danger,” one commenter wrote.
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